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Makueni may host a continental beach volleyball games ahead of the 2024 Olympic games, Kenya Volleyball Federation officials have revealed.
"Talks are at an advanced stage for Makueni to host Zone 5 beach volleyball games which bring together 12 African countries," the chairman of the Makueni chapter of KVF Erastus Maingi said.
He spoke during the Makueni leg of the National Beach Volleyball Tour which went down at Wote Town over the weekend.
The games took place at an artificial beach set up at Unoa Primary School grounds. According to Ambrose Kisoi, the director of Sports in Makueni County government, the plan was to play at courts set up at the section of River Kaiti which passes through Wote Town. However, in consultation with FIVB, the international body which governs volleyball, the organizers changed the venue at as the river was swollen.
In the clearest hint that KVF may consider the county for bigger games in future, KVF vice president Charles Nyaberi and Beach Volleyball Commission chairman Moses Mbuthia seperately hailed Makueni County for being home to huge volumes of high quality sand suitable for the games.
Upcoming beach volleyball stars tussled with elite players, among them Brackcides Agalla and Gaudensian Makhoha, the reigning African beach volleyball championships and the team Kenya took to the 2021 Olympics at Tokyo in Japan.
The duo was defeated 2-1 (18-21, 21-17, 15-10) by unassuming Veronica Adhiambo and Naomie Too. On the men's side, Trailblazers team of David Naeke and Julliard Mbappe bagged cash and trophies after beating Kenya Prison team of Elphas Makuto and Jyrus Kipkosgei 2-1 (15-21, 21-14 and 15-7).